Helsinki City Theatre selects Clear-Com system as part of major refurb

The Helsinki City Theatre, one of the largest theatres in Finland, has installed an extensive and fully integrated wired and wireless system from Clear-Com as part of a multi-million Euro renovation project.

The system was designed and installed by Clear-Com and its longstanding partner Noretron, working with the British consultant Theatreplan, within a challenging time frame to fit with construction work and the closed theatre season.

Helsinki City Theatre is a modern building which originally opened in 1967, with an annexe that was added in 1989. The renovation provides a comprehensive modernisation of aspects including stage equipment, accessibility and facilities for the public, performers and staff, as well as the restoration of many original features of the building.

The theatre houses three separate stages with coverage requirements exceeding 150m across seven floors, so it was critical that the new communication system provided good quality audio with no drop-outs. Early in the design stage, Theatreplan consultant Mathew Smethurst-Evans suggested Clear-Coms’s FreeSpeak II wireless system to the client.

The system is a large, integrated installation of the Eclipse HX digital matrix platform supported by EHX Configuration Software, 22 x V-Series Rotary Panels, 4 x Agent-IC Mobile Panels, 40 x integrated FreeSpeak II wireless beltpacks in 1.9GHz and a large number of new CC110 and CC220 headsets. The complete system is now installed across the seven floors of the building including areas such as offices, studios and make-up rooms.

“The Helsinki City Theatre is one of the most prestigious modern theatres in Europe and we are delighted to complete this install alongside our longstanding partner Noretron,” said Clear-Com’s sales director EMEA Nicki Fisher.

The theatre re-opened in August 2017, presenting the play Maija, The Daughter of the Stormy Island.